Nine walks for little legs

Our favourite short family trails through woodlands stuffed with wildlife, kickabout parkland and natural play areas

View of the front of the Mansion at Attingham Park
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Attingham Park, Shropshire 

There are miles of walks at Attingham. This family-sized stroll leads you through wildlife-rich parkland and gets you up close to the famous deer herd.

misty view of the parkland at Brockhampton
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Brockhampton Estate, Herefordshire 

Children will love playing among the wild flowers on this easy trail around the estate. Make sure you keep an eye out for wildlife along the way.

Family at the Natural Play Trail at Box Hill, Surrey
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Box Hill, Surrey 

Our natural play trail is a wonderful way to explore these woods. You can climb, clamber, balance and wobble your way along the route. Or make a secret den among the trees.

Two puffins on Staple Island, part of the Farne Islands
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Farne Island, Northumberland 

Kids will love keeping their eyes peeled for shy puffins on this walk. There are lots of other coastal birds to look out for. And don't forget to visit the lighthouse.

Visitors walking the family trail at Gibside, Tyne & Wear
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Gibside, Derwent Valley 

Discover Strawberry Castle adventure play area on this pushchair-friendly family trail. Budding naturalists can look for Red Kites from the Wildlife Hide. Little adventurers can take the low rope challenge.

Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire photographed across the River Avon
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Lacock, Wiltshire 

Children will enjoy this stroll though idyllic, flower-rich farmland. See if you can spot any dragonflies or fish surfacing sleepily in the River Avon. Then see where Harry Potter was filmed in Lacock Abbey.

Lanhydrock Respryn bridge
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Lanhydrock Respryn ramble 

This gentle walk is a great way to explore the dappled woodland, rivers and parkland of the Lanhydrock estate. See if you can spot rare kingfishers and otters. At dusk, look out for Daubentons bats skimming the water for insects.

Children running down the hill at Plas Newydd
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Plas Newydd, Anglesey 

This short trail has strategically-placed fun along the way. There's a treehouse for let's pretend games and an adventure playground to burn off some energy. Can you spot the estate's oldest tree?

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Watersmeet, Devon 

Pack the family a picnic for this ramble down a dramatic gorge surrounded by ancient woodland. There are deer in the woods. Look out for otters in the river and herons keeping watch over the water.